This week, the talk shows ranged from adorably goofy British tots on Ellen to the monumental reunion of the cast of Roots on The View. Whether you wanted to be wowed or awestruck, the talk shows provided ample afternoon entertainment.
On Monday’s episode of The View, members of the cast of the famous TV miniseries Roots reunited. Louis Gossett Jr., Lamar Burton, Ben Vereen, and Leslie Uggams shared their memories of this important project, just in time to kick off Black History Month. Whoopi Goldberg and the other ladies were obviously star struck, and it was great to see the cast together again.
Katie, ABC, Airs 3:00 pm ET
Charlie Sheen stopped by Katie Couric’s couch this week to discuss recent events in his life. He reflected upon his departure from the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, calling the set a “quagmire of oppression,” and dismissing rumors of his own erratic behavior. He said it was difficult to perform comedy while everyone involved was so tense and unhappy, and he apologized for careless remarks made about former co-star Jon Cryer during his personal difficulties. He also intimated that show creator Chuck Lorre might be possibly responsible for the bizarre behavior of the show’s young star, Angus T. Jones. Sheen seemed much more together than in recent appearances, and he even engaged in a playful competition with Katie to see who could sign more autographs.
Ellen, NBC, Airs 4:00 pm ET
So, Ellen has two adorable recurring guests, tiny English cousins named Sophia Grace and Rosie who love to sing and dance. The girls shot to fame after an internet video of them singing Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” and they have since become regular guests on Ellen’s talk show. The tutu and tiara-clad twosome this time gave Ellen a cake they made out of Play-doh, and they promoted their new book. Warning: don’t watch this clip unless you’re prepared to spend the next thirty minutes Googling more videos of these adorable girls!
The Talk, CBS, Airs 2:00 pm ET
On The Talk this week, the women listened to co-host Sharon Osbourne’s 911 call from an incident where she had a fire at her house, and then they discussed the appropriateness of such tapes being released to the public. It does seem a bit unnecessary to expose celebrities to scrutiny and possibly ridicule when they are at their worst, just to satisfy some sort of maudlin curiosity. Perhaps the most famous example of this ill-considered behavior was the 911 call made by Joaquin Phoenix as his brother River lay dying outside of The Viper Room. The women agreed that there is certainly a better way to convey the newsworthy information in such events without releasing the actual tapes to the public. Oddly, the most tragic aspect of this clip is co-host Sara Gilbert’s hair – get yourself a brush, Darlene Conner!
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